Europa-Jugendtag 2009

Neuapostolische Kirche - 21. bis 24. Mai 2009 in Düsseldorf

News added 11/10/2008

Contracts with exhibition centre and arena undersigned

The European Youth Day has its own corporation
The European Youth Day has its own corporation

Third preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area
Third preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area

Third preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area

On 30th October 2008, the business managers of the EJT 2009 Düsseldorf gGmbH, Dr. Franz-Wilhelm Otten and Prof. Dr. Frank Zisowski, undersigned the contracts with the Congress Centre Düsseldorf and the LTU arena.

The contracts with the exhibition centre and the LTU arena were already agreed in the previous months. Thus all that was required was the last legal step, because the framework was clear and agreed from the beginning. Admittedly, the small details were still missing up to October for the contract conclusion, so the official undersigning was delayed until the end of the month.

Dates of football matches uncertain

It was uncertain when the football clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf would use the LTU arena. Both clubs play in the season 2008/2009 in the arena. In consultation with the German football association and the German football league, it was at least agreed that Leverkusen would play away on the European Youth Day weekend.

Where Fortuna Düsseldorf will play is still uncertain. The club is agreeable to play at another location only if promotion or relegation is not dependent on the outcome of the game for the club, or the opposition. That cannot be determined until at least March 2009, and the organisers of the European Youth Day do not want to wait so long to know whether the musical evening must be rearranged or not. A football match and a musical event on the same Saturday in the arena – that would be logistically and organisationally not possible.

Enough time for assembly and dismantling

So the planning team met in their last meeting in September (we reported) with the decision to change the musical evening to Friday evening. “Now we will have enough time to assemble the stage and technical system on Friday and dismantle it on Saturday morning”, explained business manager Dr. Franz-Wilhelm Otten, who is an active Apostle of the New Apostolic Church in North Rhine-Westphalia. However, after the football match on Saturday the assembly process starts again – for the special divine service on Sunday, when Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber, the leader of the New Apostolic Christians, will serve.

The organisers, and especially the exhibition centre project group, are very relieved over the decision to change the musical evening to Friday. Until then, the opening ceremony of the European Youth Day was planned to take place in Hall 6, which has a maximum capacity of only 8,000 people. With the expected 40,000 youth at the European Youth Day it would have been over-crowded. Further participants would only have had the chance to take part through video transmission, broadcast to the other halls, and there might have been a rush to enter hall 6. The logisticians of the exhibition centre and the EYD organisers had feared the worst for Thursday morning!

Stampede of the visitors

“The exhibition centre staff and we are happy that we can now arrange the opening event on Friday morning in the LTU arena”, said Wolfgang Bleutgen, leader of the exhibition centre project group. Afterwards, the halls where the events are to take place will be officially opened and access given to visitors. The large number of participants entering will thus be better distributed over a wider time span.

An open air event will now be held on the Saturday evening, as an alternative to the musical evening – most likely in the inside area between the exhibition halls. After the concert on Friday evening, a “jazz night” is planned in Hall 6. The final programme, however, will not be fixed until the beginning of 2009. “Because of the changes to the central events, we must still make adjustments”, explained Apostle Edmund Stegmaier, leader of the content project group, concerning the delay.